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Awards, Bursaries and Grants

BSG Nursing Award 2019

Welcome to the Awards, Bursaries and Grants section, a place to celebrate exceptional accomplishments in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, and provide support to members in enhancing their knowledge.

Our aim is to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals who have made significant research contributions, as well as offer support to trainees travelling to conferences to present their research, supporting their professional development and broadening their knowledge.

You can find upcoming awards, bursaries and grants for which you can apply or nominate a colleague, as well as a comprehensive list of previous winners from the last few years. Please note some awards and bursaries are only available to members.

We also have research funding opportunities available here.


The BSG has a number of prizes, awards grants and bursaries that are open to members at different stages of their careers.

Being considered for any of these is an opportunity for members to enhance their portfolio and strengthen their career and be publicly recognised for their achievements. Being awarded by a national society can also be a great opportunity for the member’s unit, hospital and trust.

The BSG’s awards and grants programme would not be possible without the work of our judges and the society expresses gratitude for their work.

Principles of BSG Awards

All BSG awards should follow a fair, open and transparent process. 

  • At least 3 judges score every applicant
  • Judges are not publicly identified to ensure they cannot be contacted by applicants
  • Where possible, applications are anonymised before being judged. If this is not possible due to the nature of the award, each judge should confirm they have no COI for each applicant
  • Each award has a scoring system with clear descriptors that ensures judges are marking consistently
  • Any requirements for applicants have been considered against the BSG’s EDI policy
  • The BSG reserves the right not to award any prize if it is felt there is not sufficient quality of relevant applications, to ensure the reputation of BSG awards is maintained. This will be determined by judges’ scores and agreed upon by the relevant committee chair.

In addition, the BSG has appointed an adjudicator, who will oversee the administration and judging for all BSG awards and grants to ensure these standards are met, and will receive a copy of the attached for each award the BSG administrates. The adjudicator will also oversee any complaints to ensure due process is followed.

  • A complaint must be received in writing to comms@bsg.org.uk within 1 month of the decision of the prize being communicated
  • The complaint will be considered by the adjudicator, who will be independent of the judging process. If the adjudicator has any COI, a deputy from the BSG Executive will be assigned to review the case
  • The adjudicator will review the case and respond within 28 days of receiving the complaint

BSG International Committee Grants Awards

The BSG wishes to continue to support international projects led by its members leading to a sustainable partnership or defined improvement in the following areas: 

  • Leadership 
  • Service improvement 
  • Educational initiatives 

These should enhance knowledge or organisational development, with the overall goal of providing the best care and outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases in settings across the world. 

Find out more and apply for the Grants Awards here.

Research Grants and Awards 2023

Supporting gastrointestinal and liver research is one of the key charitable objectives of the BSG.

As an integral part of this objective, the BSG Research Committee is delighted to announce the launch of two research support awards, the Research Scholars Programme and Research Database and Statistical Support.

Applications for the awards will be judged respectively by a committee comprised of four voting judges (all meeting EDI principles of the BSG), a non-voting lay Trustee, and chaired by the Chair of the Research Committee.

Scoring and criteria for the initiatives are included on the respective web pages as links to the individual application forms.

Applications for the Research Scholars Programme closed on Wednesday 30th November 2022.

Past Winners

The list below comprises previous winners from the last few years.

Arthur Hurst Lecture Granted at the president’s discretion, winner gives keynote lecture at the Annual Meeting, and receives a copy of the Arthur Hurst lectures book rebound to include their lecture, and inscribed by the President.
Prof Brian Saunders
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College, London
President’s Medal Granted at the president’s discretion and awarded at the Annual Meeting to two recipients who receive free registration for the day and travel expenses. Dr Ian Penman, Luminal GI Consultant
Sir Frances Avery Jones Award Encourages research by gastroenterologists working in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Chris Lamb, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University, and Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology, Newcastle Hospitals
Sheila Sherlock Lecture An invited lecture by the BSG Liver section.
Prof Rajiv Jalan
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Leadership and Management Prize Identifies and promotes talented trainee leaders nationally in order to promote leadership in gastroenterology for the future. Suneil Raju, Out of Programme, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Out of Programme Designed to help gastroenterology trainees access training opportunities that aren’t available as part of their local training rotations.

Joint winners – William Blad, IBD Clinical Research Fellow, University College London Hospital and  Mohammed Tauseef Sharif, Specialty Registrar, Addenbrookes Hospital
Young Gastroenterologist of the Year – Clinical & Translational Science Identifies and promotes talented trainee clinical scientists nationally in order to promote research and science in gastroenterology for the future. James Alexander, Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Nurse Award for Service Development –  Winner Identifies an individual or a team who have made a demonstrable positive impact on patient care. Babitha Joseph, IBD Clinical Specialist Nurse, St Mark’s Hospital, ‘IBD Dysplasia Surveillance Pathway (DSP)’
The Alistair McIntyre Prize for Improving Gastroenterology Training The award is to support a project looking at an aspect of training in Gastroenterology. Mohammed Tauseef Sharip, Specialty Registrar, Addenbrookes Hospital
CSSC Service Development Prize The award is for an individual or team that has made a demonstrable impact on patient care by innovative service improvement.

1st: Danielle Morris, Consultant Gastroenterologist, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

2nd: Mark Follows, GPwER in gastroenterology and clinical lead for planned care and gastroenterology for Norfolk and Waveney CCG

3rd: Matthew Foxton, Consultant Heptaologist & Gastroenterologist, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Chirantha Premathilaka, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen

CSSC Service Development Prize highly commended

Jaimik Patel​, Doctor, Norfolk and Norwich, 
Kevin Monahan​, Gastroenterologist, St Mark’s Hospital, 
Mark McAlindon, ​Consultant Gastroenterologist, Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield, 
Cheh Kuan Tai​, Gastroenterologist,  Royal Free NHS Trust, Dr Andreas Koutsoumpas, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Kalpesh Besherdas, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust,
David Sanders & Jeremy Woodward, Luminal Gastroenterologist, Addenbrookes Hospital 
UK Barretts Oesophagus Registry (UKBOR) Prize Recognises an up-and-coming researcher and provides them with expenses to allow them to travel to the USA Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) meeting. Mohamed Abdelrahim, Gastroenterology Registrar (ST7), Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, ‘4-year clinical research (PhD) fellowship investigating the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for the detection and characterization of Barrett’s neoplasia during endoscopy’
Endoscopy Rising Star Recognises a technical innovation in the field of endoscopy, a new method using existing endoscopic equipment, or contribution to endoscopy research. Omer Ahmad, consultant gastroenterologist and interventional endoscopist, University College Hospital London, ‘The tale of a successful translational journey in endoscopic research and a roadmap for future technological innovation’
Professor John Nicholls Lecture Invited by the Colorectal Section. Prof Simon Buczacki, Professor Of Colorectal Surgery University Of Oxford
Endoscopy Foundation Lecture Invited by the Endoscopy Committee and the VP Endoscopy. Dr Barham Abu Dayyeh, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA
BMJ Gut best laboratory science abstract Awarded to the best basic science abstract for oral presentation. Paul Kelly “Therapeutic Approaches to Malnutrition Enteropathy (TAME): a randomised controlled trial in children with severe acute malnutrition in Zambia and Zimbabwe”
BMJ Frontline Gastroenterology Award Awarded to the highest scoring abstract for oral presentation. Umair Kamran “Consensus on upper gastrientestinal endoscopy quality indicators; a modified Delphi procesS”
BMJ Open Gastroenterology Award Honours the best clinical science abstract for oral presentation. Neil Chanchlani “Undertanding the anti-TNF treatment failure mechansims and management of loss of response to anti-TNF therapy, three year data from the PANTS study”
New perspectives Lecture
Prof Laurence Lovat
Clinical Director, WEISS, UCL
Professor of Gastroenterology & Biophotonics, UCL
Lifetime achievement award
Dame Parveen J Kumar, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Education, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Honorary Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Barts & The London NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust.
Barbers award 2023 winner
Mohamed Abdelrahim, Gastroenterology Registrar (ST7), Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, ‘4-year clinical research (PhD) fellowship investigating the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for the detection and characterization of Barrett’s neoplasia during endoscopy’

Historic BSG Prize Winners